Statistical Practice 2 - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignments - 2 (40%) , Invigilated Exam (50%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 2,830.00
Domestic continuing 2,620.00
International 3,080.00
International continuing 2,870.00

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This unit extends the ideas developed in Statistical Practice 1 to include more advanced analyses, broaden the range of applications students are familiar with so that they will be able to carry out independent statistical investigations, and develop an awareness of the assumptions and limitations involved in the generalisation of results of such investigations.

Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the unit.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  1. Choose the appropriate statistical analysis based on the research hypothesis, the level of measurement of the variables and the testing of the appropriate assumptions
  2. Select appropriate statistical procedures, for example, using appropriate packages and mathematical calculations, to analyse data in a variety of contexts
  3. Explain the relationship between the concepts of effect size, sample size, one or two tailed tests, level of significance and power of a statistical test
  4. Write interpretive summary reports for inferential statistical techniques
  5. Identify when more advanced techniques are needed by comparing properties of statistical techniques to the nature of the complex research question.
  • Assignments — 2 (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Quizzes — Online (10%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • HMS771 — Statistical Practice 2

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

If you have some statistical background it is possible to complete STA60001 concurrently with STA60005.

  • Other special requirement — You will require access to a recent version of SPSS - at least the SPSS Grad Pak.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Statistical Power
2Identifying and reducing bias
3Non parametric tests: Wilcoxon Signed Rank test, Friedman test, Wilcoxon Rank Sum test, Kruskal-Wallis Test
4Bivariate and Multiple Regression including: inferential, assumption testing and transformations to achieve linearity
5Spearman's and Kendal's Tau-b correlation
6Single factor independent groups design analysis of variance
7Completely randomised, factorial analysis of variance
8Single factor repeated measures analysis of variance
9Mixed design analysis of variance
10Chi-Square, Fisher's Exact test, Cramer's V, Odds Ratio, Lambda
11Chi Square goodness of fit test

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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